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Back at UN, Trump to herald upturn with North Korea

Twelve months on from his explosive debut on the world´s biggest diplomatic stage, Donald Trump returns to the UN General Assembly on Monday to trumpet a turnaround in ties with last year´s number one enemy, North Korea´s Kim Jong Un. But while relations with Kim have improved dramatically, leaders attending the annual gathering at UN headquarters in New York will hear how another of Trump´s adversaries, Iran´s Hassan Rouhani, remains beyond the pale for the American president. After arriving in his hometown on Sunday,…

Pakistan welcomes agreement on Global Compact on migration: Lodhi

NEW YORK: At the United Nations (UN), Pakistan welcomed agreement on a Global Compact that sets out a framework to protect migrants, saying this marked a historic moment and triumph of multilateralism. Speaking in the final session of Intergovernmental negotiations on a Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM), Pakistan’s Ambassador to the UN, Maleeha Lodhi described this as a balanced document that addressed issues of concern to countries of origin, transit and destination. The UN General Assembly…

Pakistan calls for negotiated end to Afghan war

UNITED NATIONS: Peace in war-torn Afghanistan can only be achieved through negotiations and reconciliation, not by the continuing resort to military force, as the two approaches are "incompatible", a top Pakistani diplomat has told the U.N. General Assembly. "The promotion of a political settlement and the pursuit of a military solution in Afghanistan are mutually incompatible," Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi, Pakistan's permanent representative to the UN, said while speaking in a debate on the situation Afghanistan.…

Syria drops off the radar at UN assembly

UNITED NATIONS: Syria’s war has taken a new turn with the expected recapture of Raqa from the Islamic State, but world leaders gathered at the United Nations assembly this week seem to be paying little attention. Once the focal point of a myriad of high-powered meetings during the United Nations General Assembly, Syria this year dropped off the diplomatic agenda, dwarfed by the crisis over North Korea and the Iran nuclear deal. Last year, tensions were running high at the United Nations assembly, with Western powers…

Malala meets PM Abbasi, seeks govt support for education promotion

NEW YORK: Nobel Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai has met Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi here on the sidelines of the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). Admiring Malala’s efforts for promoting education and improving the status of women, Pakistan's prime minister said that education is the forefront agenda of his government. On the occasion, the activist for female education sought PM Abbasi’s support to promote education in rural areas of Pakistan, particularly in Swat. The premier…

PM to lead Pakistan delegation to UN General Assembly 72nd session from Monday

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will lead Pakistan delegation to the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York starting on Monday.   Foreign Office in a statement on Friday said the prime minister will hold bilateral meetings with a number of world leaders and the Secretary-General of the United Nations António Guterres on the sidelines of the General Assembly session. Read More: Myanmar’s Suu Kyi to skip UN General Assembly amid Rohingya crisis It said Shahid Abbasi will…

Next UN chief Guterres says time to overcome divisions over Syria

SYRIA: Newly-appointed UN chief Antonio Guterres on Thursday said it was time to overcome divisions over ending the war in Syria as key powers geared up for a new round of talks on the crisis. "Whatever divisions might exist, now it's more important to unite," Guterres said. "It's high time to fight for peace." Speaking to reporters after his formal appointment by the General Assembly, Guterres said "to see the Syrian people suffer so much is something that absolutely breaks my heart." The former prime minister of…

Unsettled disputes including Kashmir seek UN’s attention, says Lodhi

UNITED NATIONS: As the United Nations frames its anti-terror strategy, Pakistan has called for the UN counter-terrorism strategy to focus more attention on settling global disputes that matter including Kashmir. The counter-terrorism strategy must work to address unresolved disputes, foreign occupation and denial of the right of self-determination as part of measures to stamp out terrorism. “The provisions of the draft Convention (against International Terrorism) should clearly distinguish between acts of terrorism and the…